IDF2010: Intel launches Sandy Bridge ‘smart’ chipset


IDF2010: Intel launches Sandy Bridge ‘smart’ chipset

Jenny Williams

Intel has launched its second generation Intel Core processor family, code-named Sandy Bridge, at this year's Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

As well as extending chip performance and battery life, the new chips are based on Intel's "visibly smart" micro-architecture. A built-in processor graphics engine shares cache and memory with the processor's core to increase computing and graphics performance while maintaining energy efficiency, said the company.

Speaking at the IDF, Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini, said Sandy Bridge will revolutionise PCs, providing a single chip with all the critical capabilities for computing.

"Computing has become an indispensible part of our daily lives," said Otellini at IDF.

"Our vision is to create a continuum of personal computing that provides consistency and interoperability across all internet-connected devices in the home, car, office or in your pocket," added Otellini.

Andrew Buss, service director at Freeform Dynamics, said, "This is the first time Intel has had a properly integrated graphics core."

While Intel is likely to keep the same price tiering, Buss believes Intel's new graphics-integrated chip may allow lower cost machines to perform better by reducing drain on battery caused by running graphics.

Intel recently announced acquisitions of Infineon and McAfee. Otellini said this will enhance the company's ability to deliver products that offer a choice of wireless connections, and more effectively counter the increasingly sophisticated security attacks happening on a broad range of internet-connected devices.

Laptops and PCs powered by the second generation Intel Core processor family are planned to be available early 2011.

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